„Sometimes great tunes happen to bad times, and when the bad time is over, not all the tunes get to move on with you.“
— Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
„We can never possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.“
— Carl Sandburg American writer and editor 1878 - 1967
„Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.“
— Paulo Coelho, book The Alchemist
The Alchemist (1988), p. 184; this also has been quoted as "What happens once will never happen again. But what happens twice will surely happen a third time."
„Make believin in forever
Is just a lie.
And it seems a little sadder
Each time we try.
'Cause it's a shame to make
The same mistakes again,
— Kris Kristofferson American country music singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor 1936
Song lyrics, Jesus Was a Capricorn (1972), Nobody Wins
„I woke up this morning with a bad hangover and my penis was missing again. This happens all the time; it's detachable.“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Lyrics, Happy Hour (1992)
„All the time, I'm afraid the thing that happened that made it all right for my mother to kill my sister could happen again. I don't know what it is, I don't know who it is, but maybe there is something else terrible enough to make her do it again. I need to know what that thing might be, but I don't want to. Whatever it is, it comes from outside this house, outside the yard, and it can come right on in the yard if it wants to. So I never leave this house and I watch over the yard, so it can't happen again and my mother won't have to kill me too.“
— Toni Morrison, Beloved
Beloved (1987), Ch. 21
— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
Twenty-five Years (1925), Context: A friend came to see me on one of the evenings of the last week — he thinks it was on Monday, August 3rd. We were standing at a window of my room in the Foreign Office. It was getting dusk, and the lamps were being lit in the space below... My friend recalls that I remarked on this with the words, "The lamps are going out all over Europe: we shall not see them lit again in our life-time." Vol. 2, ch. 18, p. 20 books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=d68gSzbih8QC&q=remarked On his famous remark, in August of 1914, about the impending outbreak of the First World War Cf. John Alfred Spender: Life, Journalism and Politics, Vol. 2, Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York 1927. Chp. 20, p. 14 archive.org http://www.archive.org/stream/lifejournalismpo02jasprich#page/14/mode/2up and w:The lamps are going out.
„Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen all at once…and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you.“
— Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
„“Everybody who says the same words is the same person if the spectra are the same only they happen differently in time, you dig? But the time is arbitrary. You pick your zero point anywhere you want, that way you can shuffle each person’s time line sideways till they all coincide.“
— Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Chapter 5, Mucho Maas
— Julie Anne Peters, By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead